Candlelight vigil held for Southwest DeKalb High graduate
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Candlelight vigil held for Southwest DeKalb High graduate
Family, friends and teammates of Lauren Jones, the former captain of Southwest DeKalb High School's varsity gymnastics team, held a candlelight vigil on Feb. 21 to remember her. Jones, 18, died of meningococcemia while attending the University of Oregon on a partial scholarship for acrobatic...
Hearses fill the streets for “Stop the Violence” parade in Decatur
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Hearses fill the streets for “Stop the Violence” parade in Decatur
A severe message was sent loud and clear to youth in South DeKalb, “Stop the Violence.” A motorcade of hearses went up and down Flat Shoals Parkway on Feb. 22 to show youth where they could end up if they make the wrong decisions and participate in violent acts. Read More at www.ocgnews.com.
GPTC President: New campus coming to Wesley Chapel Road
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GPTC President: New campus coming to Wesley Chapel Road
At the Feb. 19 State of the College address, Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama announced plans for a new campus that will open this summer on Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur. Read more at www.ocgnews.com.
Lou Walker seniors celebrate black history through dance
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Lou Walker seniors celebrate black history through dance
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Rockdale State Court Judge Nancy Bills honored for decade of service
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Rockdale State Court Judge Nancy Bills honored for decade of service
Rockdale State Court Judge Nancy N. Bills was honored recently for 10 years of service on the bench by the Rockdale Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Oz Nesbitt thanked Bills for her service and presented a proclamation on behalf of the three- member board declaring Feb. 10 as “Nancy Bills...
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Decatur mayor resigns

DECATUR--City of Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd has submitted a letter of resignation from his City Commission seat effective Jan. 7.

“I have been offered the chance to pursue different professional opportunities that will require a significant amount of my time and attention,” said Mayor Floyd. “Decatur is a wonderfully unique community and it has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the City Commission and to be Mayor.”

Mayor Floyd was elected to the Decatur City Commission in November 1991, served as Mayor pro tem from 1994 ­ 1997, and has served as Mayor since 1999. Floyd has served as president of the Georgia Municipal Association, chair of the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayor¹s Association, served on the Executive Committee for the Regional Transportation Sales Tax and on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Regional Commission.  Floyd has been active on numerous boards including the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center and the
Decatur Education Foundation.

“Mayor Floyd has provided outstanding leadership and support for the City of
Decatur,” said City Manager Peggy Merriss. “He has been a huge part of our success.  His humble approach and obvious pride in the City makes others want to be successful as well. He has championed our staff and challenged us to be better people. He will be missed.”

The Decatur City Commission annually elects one of their own to serve as Mayor at its first meeting each January. The election for mayor is scheduled Monday, Jan. 7, 7:30pm.

It is expected the Decatur City Commission will call a special election for March 19 to fill Mayor Floyd¹s unexpired term as a North District City Commissioner. The call for the election, the establishment of the qualifying period and other details will be considered at the Commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

This story will be updated.

 

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